July 17, 2017 FWW Admin

Leena Alam is a well-known actress and advocate from Afghanistan. She has won awards for her roles in movies including Unknown, Moving in a Circle, and Qamar, and is celebrated as the star of a feminist show titled Shereen that aired on Afghanistan’s most prominent Television station, Tolo. In addition to…

July 10, 2017 Pary Shuaib

Yesterday, I went to a mehmanee, where I met two brilliant and beautiful Afghan sisters who recently immigrated to the United States. They desperately missed life in Kabul and were talking about how living anywhere without the love and closeness of family leaves a large, pulsating void. When I explained…

July 2, 2017 Zahra Wakilzada

When he touched her, She never wanted it, but that was never his concern. When he raped her, He said he was strong and he could do anything he wanted. He tried to take away her dreams. He thought he had the power to destroy her world. He said, “If…

June 23, 2017 Zahra Wakilzada

Zahra Wakilzada A few years ago, one of our neighbors in Afghanistan fell from his roof during the winter. He got injuries and lost his life. After his passing, his wife’s life changed drastically. A few days after his funeral, his mother took his kids and kicked out his wife…

June 22, 2017 Pary Shuaib

Pary Shuaib Arzo Wardak’s name is familiar to many Afghans in the diaspora. She is a fierce advocate for Afghanistan and a tireless aid worker – who works for increased rights and opportunities for refugees. Arzo splits her time between the United States of America and refugee camps in Greece…

June 20, 2017 Shabana Stanekzai

Shabana Stanekzai To commemorate World Refugee Day, this poem was written by an Afghan woman whose husband is a refugee abroad. Loving a Refugee Traveler, Love can be felt In the far away land Where they call you a “refugee” And me a “woman, waiting”. When life’s fields are hit…

June 19, 2017 Noorjahan Akbar

I met Batul Moradi years ago when she moved to Afghanistan in search of a new life after spending decades as a refugee in Iran. Her creativity, resilience, and unconventional independence was a mystery to me. She worked as a painter for a children’s magazine and seeing her lost in…

June 13, 2017 Pary Shuaib

American – as my passport states Afghan – as my parents reiterate Growing up, in-between In a state of red, and black, green With white skin, but feeling blue What White? The narrow American description? Or my Panjsheri porcelain representation? Which White do I check in the application? Wait -…

May 30, 2017 Marzia Nawrozi

Marzia Nawrozi I was waiting for my sister to finish her shift in the maternity hospital so we could go home together. As women passed by, I could see their concerned faces. Every so often a woman would quickly walk out of the gate to pass good news to the…

May 23, 2017 Rawina Saberzada

Rawina Saberzada Her name is Sara Bahai and she is known as the first woman taxi driver in Afghanistan. I have always been in awe of her independent spirit and bravery. Sara started working as a teacher and became the breadwinner of her family when the Taliban killed her brother-in-law…

May 10, 2017 Rawina Saberzada

Rawina Saberzada I leave my hair in the hands of the wind. It doesn’t matter who sees it anymore. You, the people who don’t blink When you watch a woman’s stoning, Why do you lose sleep over my hair? I am a woman; made of stones And stoned, before your…